|Adventure to Longwood Gardens|
So what' been happening since my last post?
1. My daughter has completely given up on the high chair or anything resembling a high chair. In the weeks leading up to her birthday meal times became unbearable. She threw a fit every time we strapped her into the high chair and once she really got worked up she refused to eat...It was no fun for any of us so one night we just decided to let her sit in a seat at the table. No booster, no lap, just a chair at the table. Meal times, while not perfect, are much better. Sure it's messier and she sometimes runs off, but for the most part she's taken to the 'Big Girl Seat' with relative ease.
2. We threw our first birthday party. Our little girl loves animals, so we decided early on that her 2nd birthday would be at a local zoo. This zoo is on the grounds of a county park so we were able to rent a pavilion and invite all of her closest friends (5 kids) and family. We had beautiful weather and she quickly wore herself out looking for her favorite animals and running around the playgrounds. As a parent it was exhausting...But it was great to see her having a good time. Her 1st birthday was a low key event, just pizza and cake and family. This was definitely a step up and we all came out of it unscathed.
3. The week before the party I ran in the Broad St. Run in Philadelphia. This 10 mile race takes your right through the city of brotherly love. It was my second time running the race. Last year I finished in just under 2 hours. This year I trained much harder, lost some weight, and finished in 1 hr 22 minutes. It was quite an accomplishment for me. It was hard to find the motivation to keep training, but I forced myself to stay active because I know exercise will help keep me healthy.
Up until recently I did not live a healthy lifestyle. I ate too much and was very inactive. But since becoming a father I am trying to change that. It's a daily challenge but the race really motivated me to keep up the hard work.
4. During the race training period, I was also participating in a 'Biggest Loser' contest at work. I was able to turn the training into weight loss and since March 14, 2011 I've run almost 270 miles and I've lost 28lbs. This week I turned 32 and I am in better shape now than when I was 22. I want my daughter to grow up with a healthy dad. I want to lead by example and I want to be able to keep up with her and stand by her through all of her adventures.
We've been busy the last couple of months and I haven't given the blog the time it deserves. The time I'm not spending here I am spending with my two favorite people, my wife and daughter...I can't wait to see how the next two months turn out. Hopefully, I'll be posting again soon!